Vivid is an excellent representation of Vernon Reid's distinct, versatile style. He unleashes "power rhythm" and a blues·drenched solo on "Middle Man," the band's first single, while the "Funny Vibe" showcases his clean rhythm playing and screaming urban lead style. His alternately subtle and savage whammy bar technique is an LP highlight.
Late last year, the band, made up of guitarist Jake Hertzog and bassist Mitch Kaneff, locked themselves in Kaneff's apartment for "nearly four straight months" writing an eclectic batch of tunes they intended to record with a selected of guest vocalists as diverse as the songs themselves.
This past Tuesday night, an all star cast of musicians including Elvis Costello, Todd Rundgren, and the Roots gathered at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for "Robert Johnson at 100," a special concert dedicated to the late blues guitar innovator, Robert Johnson, who would have turned 100 last year.
Another supergroup is on the horizon as members of Cream, Living Colour, Carlos Santana's live band and Medeski, Martin and Wood have joined forces in Spectrum Road. The group features Jack Bruce on bass and vocals, Vernon Reid on guitar, John Medeski on keys/piano and Cindy Blackman-Santana on drums.